Studio On The Night America Trembled September 9, 1957
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This episode of "Studio One" begins with an introduction by Edward R. Murrow and he narrates throughout. He explains that the teleplay you are about to watch is a recreation of the broadcast by the Mercury Theater of "The War of the Worlds" and the panic that accompanied it--as some mistakenly thought it was NOT fiction but a broadcast concerning a real invasion from Mars!! Today it's hard to imagine people being that gullible, but some did take this broadcast way too seriously.
When the show began, the first thing I noticed is that everyone dressed and had haircuts straight from 1957--not when the broadcast occurred in 1938. While this is not the most important problem a teleplay could have, I did think it was a bit sloppy. As for the rest of the show, it was okay but that's about all. It does retell an interesting part of our history, but I don't think it did much for me one way or the other. Well made but not super-involving.
By the way, look closely at the extras in this episode. I noticed Warren Oates and Warren Beatty but there are others--such as James Coburn--all before they became famous.